CONTACT: W.H. "Butch" Oxendine, Jr., executive director
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The Beginning of ASGA
The idea of a "National Student Government" organization is broached on Student Leader's e-mail list, leading to hundreds of letters from list members and some heated discussion.
Several of the Student Leader e-mail list members create a second e-mail list to exclusively discuss the formation of a national Student Government, and discussion rages on that list.
Student Leader writes a major article about the pro's and con's of starting another national student group and how it would be structured. Student Leader conducts research on the other national and regional "student-oriented organizations" as part of the reporting for this article.
Project Manager Vince Brown suggests that Oxendine Publishing and Student Leader magazine are the best-equipped organizations in America to found and administer a national group serving Student Governments.
Summer and Fall 2002
Student Leader Editor in Chief Butch Oxendine discusses the possibility of starting a new organization during workshops he leads nationwide at leadership conventions and conferences, such as COSGA, the National Leadership Conference on Student Governments, and consulting trips such as the University of Kentucky's SG Retreat.
Student Leader sets up a survey about the proposed American Student Government Association, eventually leading to responses from 225 institutions of all types nationwide by November 2003.
The ASGA team writes ASGA business plan, considers benefits, services, and resources, researches membership dues structure, starts work on ASGA logo and letterhead, learns from other national and regional organizations, and solicits feedback from trusted allies.
Student Leader's Butch Oxendine meets with and solicits advice and feedback from the Executive Director of the American Student Association for Community Colleges in Orem, Utah to consider an alliance, and also meets with a top student affairs professional from Kansas State University, the leader of the National Leadership Conference on Student Governments, in Kansas City, Missouri.
March 2003-- Student Leader, after careful research, planning, surveying, and outreach, decides to proceed with launching the American Student Government Association in the fall of 2003.
March 7, 2003-- Art Director Jeff Riemersma gets an unsolicited e-mail message about CentralPoint, software that will allow Student Leader to easily and quickly develop the ASGA web site without having to hire programmers to develop a membership-system just for us.
March 12, 2003-- Student Leader gets final ASGA logo from Logoworks.
March-April 2003-- Student Leader and Florida Leader run ads in their spring editions promoting the formation of this new organization, encouraging students and advisors to participate in the ASGA survey.
April 22, 2003-- Oxendine Publishing, Inc. signs contract with Oxcyon to develop ASGA's web site using the company's CentralPoint software. Development of the site begins in earnest immediately.
April 25, 2003-- The University of Richmond becomes the first institution of any kind to commit to becoming an ASGA member.
August 8, 2003-- VoteNet becomes the first official ASGA Sponsor.
September 21, 2003-- ASGA is unofficially unveiled during Leadership Day at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. La Salle's SGA is also named the first "SG of the Month."
October 9-12, 2003-- ASGA is officially unveiled during the 25th annual "National Leadership Conference on Student Governments" in St. Louis, Missouri. Executive Director Butch Oxendine and Project Manager Vince Brown produce a video introduction, have an exhibit, and lead workshops about ASGA at this event.
November 15, 2003-- ASGA officially has 88 Founding Members from 26 states, moving rapidly toward the pre-launch goal of 100 Founding Members.
December 22, 2003-- ASGA officially has 98 Founding Members from 27 states, closing in on the pre-launch goal of 100 Founding Members. 198 institutions nationwide have participated in the ASGA survey.
March 17, 2004-- ASGA officially launches with 105 member representing 30 states. Membership is now open to any and all Student Governments nationwide.
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